The plant collections

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens has been designed to showcase and trial primarily local native plants from the Central Queensland Coast Bioregion.

This region incorporates Mackay and environs, west to Eungella, north to Proserpine and Airlie Beach and south to Clairview. A disjust section of the biorgegion includes a large area from Yeppoon on the coast from Rockhamption north to Shoalwater Bay.

Other Australian native plants and exotics from similar climates around the world are also grown for special interest or to show visitors how to "mix and match" these natives with plants that they may already have in their own backyards.

The Botanic Gardens display and research this flora in a number of ways - either representing an existing area or landform with a garden consisting of plants and imagery typical of the area - e.g. - the Finch Hatton Gorge Waterway Garden, Sarina/Proserpine Lowlands Garden etc, or with a theme that addresses use of plants from a range of areas with similar needs e.g. - The Tropical Shade Garden (shade loving plants).

Natives and exotics are also used in specialised precincts that tell important stories of plants and people, such as the Heritage Gardens, Coal Garden and Ethno-botanic Gardens.

Some key collections currently include:

Brigalow Belt Garden

Brigalow Belt Garden

Although the Central Queensland Coast Bioregion is the main focus of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, flora from the 'Brigalow Belt' bioregion that surrounds our…

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Gymnosperm Garden

Gymnosperm Garden

Gymnosperms are non flowering, seed bearing plants that botanists and scientists believe are an ancient ‘evolutionary branch’ of modern day flowering plants that evolved during…

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Japan Precinct

Japan Precinct

Mackay's most active Sister City relationship is with Matsuura City in Kyushu, Japan. The relationship is fostered by the Mackay/Matsuura Sister City Community Committee, in…

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South Sea Islander Precinct

South Sea Islander Precinct

In 1990 council invited South Sea Island organisations to put forward ideas on developing the lagoons area. The re-creation of the South Sea Islander Village…

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The Malta Garden

The Malta Garden

The Malta Garden is the first of five themed gardens and precincts within the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens that pay homage to the cultural heritage…

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The Screens and Hedges Garden

The Screens and Hedges Garden

The Screens and Hedges Garden is one of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens first trial gardens to display Australian native plants as hedges and privacy…

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Tropical Shade Gardens and The Fernery

Tropical Shade Gardens and The Fernery

This garden is located to the east of the Administration Building, surrounding three sides of the office. The other boundaries are fenced with black steel-tubed…

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